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The Devolution of Buck In life there is two ways to go forward and backward Advancing is often referred to evolution Devolution is the term used to describe regression Jack Londons Call Of the Wild discuses the later It takes place in the harsh environment of Alaska and the Yukon The novel depicts the gold rush era a time when many animals and humans came to place were they did not belong The lead character buck is one of them He is a perfect example of devolution Buck begins his devolution in the sun drenched Santa Clara Valley Living a carefree life on Judge Millers estate he is stolen by Manuel the gardeners assistant to pay off some gambling debts Transported north by train and boat he meets many strange people Late in the journey he encounters the man in the red sweater who teaches him the law of the club Resisting his treatment he attacks his handler and is beaten severely Through this experience he learns to except the authority of man At the end of his voyage Buck learns the law of the fang Curley a dog who is Bucks friend is viciously attacked and killed by a pack of huskies Buck observed that when Curley was knocked off of his feet he was ripped apart This was the law of the fang Bucks devolution continues in Dyea Beach Alaska He is sold to Francwa and Perrault as a sled dog Through this experience Buck learns to survive in the frozen north While a sled dog he acquires fighting skills In this dog-eat-dog world Buck paddles his way to the top of the team Now the dominant primordial beast he dreams about the past Late at night sleeping by the fire Buck sees the harry man This representation of a primitive Human links him back to his ancestry The
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